20th Oct, 2020

Live theatre returns to Coventry's Belgrade with the spooky Dr Blood's Old Travelling Show

THE SPOOKY Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show will be the first live production to be staged at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre since the lockdown.

The raucous and deliciously dark drama will be staged outside the venue on October 23 and 24, just a week before Halloween.

The show has been specially created in response to the Covid restrictions and those wanting tickets are urged to get in quick because of limited capacity due to social distancing guidelines.

Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show is inspired by classic horror movies and the long traditions of carnival and medicine shows and the live performance will be combined with video projection.

The story of mischief and immorality sees Dr Blood and his motley crew explore the costs of pursuing ambition, hypocrisy and greed.

Developed by Imitating the Dog and co-produced by Leeds Playhouse, this new collaboration follows the success of their critically acclaimed Night of the Living Dead – Remix, a stage adaptation of George A Romero’s classic zombie movie.

It has been written and directed by Imitating the Dog’s co-artistic directors Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks

Andrew said it was a strange time to be making a new show but everyone was looking forward to the challenge of putting on a magical Covid-safe production.

“It is a hugely entertaining production that is scary in parts but also full of fun, with some deep and dark themes running through it.

“We’ll be using screen and camera technologies for which we are known and I just can’t wait for us all to come together again and experience all the joys of live theatre outdoors.”

Leeds Playhouse artistic director James Brining said: “It is fantastic to see artists and theatre companies grabbing the opportunity to create new work and explore different ways to entertain an audience.

“We are thrilled to be working once again with Imitating the Dog who are constantly looking at new ways to create theatre.”

Tickets can be purchased in fixed groups of up to six people and each group will be socially distanced during the show.

Face masks must be worn throughout the performance except by those exempt on the grounds of disability or other mental or physical health conditions.

Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

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